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Mel Evans, Associated Press
President Barack Obama waves as he arrives to delivered a commencement address at Rutgers graduation ceremonies Sunday, May 15, 2016 in Piscataway, N.J. President Obama delivered a commencement address at Rutgers University.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — President Barack Obama tells college graduates that the pace of change in the world is accelerating, not subsiding.

He says progress in America has been bumpy and fitful, but members of the Class of 2016 are well-positioned to lead the U.S. toward a brighter future.

Obama is delivering the commencement address at Rutgers University in New Jersey. It's the second of three commencement speeches Obama will give this year.

The president says graduates should lead the U.S. away from fear and division and toward innovation and hope. He says the hallmark of the U.S. has been progress because of dreamers, innovators, strivers and activists.

Obama is the first sitting president to give the commencement address at Rutgers. The school is bestowing an honorary law degree on the president.